Thanksgiving is official over and we now have a good 2-3 weeks of time to get busy organizing life before we throw ourselves back in the ring for another round of over-indulgence and holiday festivities.
For someone that struggles with ADHD and generalized anxiety, this time of year can get really rough. Over the past year or so, I’ve developed new methods of managing my stress and short-attention span (without the use of meds. Yay!) Not everything works for everyone, but these simple tricks alway seem to help me get back on track and increase my productivity after a long holiday break. Maybe they’ll work for you too!
ORGANIZING LIFE : ACTION ITEMS
Get Good Sleep
You’ve heard all the statistics and there’s a wealth of benefits to a good night of sleep. This is the number one thing I do to get back on track after late nights and mornings stuck in bed until 11am. I set myself a power down and bed time. No matter what I’m doing, I’ll stop and get in bed. Waking up feeling refreshed and ready to go is the best way to start the week off right. Invest in high-quality bedding and make it your sanctuary. We’ll only use Sheex performance bedding. The most unbelievable sheets/pillowcases you’ll ever experience. Pinky swear.
Eat Clean And Green
Balance out that marathon of over-indulgence with some clean eating. Pump up the greens. If you’re not a huge salad fan, try a green protein smoothie or add a light veggie stir-fry instead of carbs at your next meal.
I’m a huge fan of Asana for organizing life. Yes! My whole life. Seriously, I have multiple businesses that need attention on top of my personal to-dos and the 100 other side projects I have going at any given time. I stole the BF’s Fitbit and have begun using the app to track my daily calorie burn and intake to help shed these pesky holiday pounds I’ve packed on. Streamline your social media during the busy holiday season with Buffer and Latergramme. My ultimate fav? UnRoll.Me for keeping all the holiday promotions in one tidy e-mail instead of clogging up my inbox.
Find a Work Buddy
If you work from home like I do, I love to have someone else to help keep me accountable. Whether it’s the BF for staying on top of my workouts or one of my business partners to check in with. If you like getting out of the house, set up a weekly meeting at a coffee shop with another freelancer so you can collaborate and check in with each other.
Prioritize (Schedule!) Daily Workouts
Such an important one! I’m not saying go run a 10k everyday, but schedule in 15-30 min. of exercise everyday. Emphasis on the word schedule. Make it a priority! Working out and getting your body moving after a marathon of being lazy, drinking too much and eating too much pie is the best way to shake off those lazy pants and get back on track! Not only will you feel less fluffy, but your productivity will vastly improve!
Re-establish One Routine
It’s easy to fall completely off the wagon during the holidays. Instead of trying to hit the ground running again and picking up exactly where you left off, ease into it. Re-establish just one or two routines that are the most important to you and work the others back into your day. This will keep you from experiencing burn out and will keep you motivated.
Schedule Down Time
We all need it. However crazy/stressed/busy/frustrated you may feel during the holidays, there is always a way to remedy it. Schedule down time for yourself. Again, yes…schedule! Make it a priority, because you don’t want to spend your holidays feeling like you’re trapped in the loony bin. Remember to indulge in your favorite hobbies, activities and appreciate the things in life that make you the most happy. You’ll stay sane and be able to accomplish everything you need to get done during busier times.